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Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM PDT

Rob Zerban's words touched me

by dragonlady

Rob Zerban is running for Congress to replace Paul Ryan in the 1st District of Wisconsin, which lies in the far southeast corner of the state. I don't live in his district and have never had the opportunity to hear him speak in person, but all I've read suggests that he is a hard-working, honorable, and thoughtful person who would make an excellent member of Congress. Last night he sent an email to his list that confirmed that assumption.

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This afternoon a second Democrat announced her candidacy for governor to replace Scott Walker in the inevitable recall election made possible by a million angry Badgers. Sen. Kathleen Vinehout was one of the Fab 14 who took off for Illinois and gave Wisconsin time to realize that it was becoming Fitzwalkerstan.

Kathleen Falk is not the only Democrat in the race for governor anymore. She’s not even the only Kathleen.

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, is joining the former Dane County executive in the contest to replace Gov. Scott Walker, should his recall become a reality.

Vinehout, 53, a former dairy farmer and college professor, was elected to represent the largely rural district in western Wisconsin in 2006. She’s touring around the state the rest of the week to discuss her candidacy.

“We need a fresh start and a new attitude in Wisconsin politics and government,” Vinehout said in a press release Wednesday. “I have the experience and temperament necessary to lead.”

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The recount in Wisconsin's Supreme Court election is scheduled to begin next week. The Prosser camp is bringing in "hundreds of volunteers, including some flying in from around the country," according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Meanwhile,

Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken said Friday that her group expects to use hundreds of volunteer observers, primarily Wisconsin residents, since some counties would have multiple tables where ballots are being counted at once. Mulliken said the goal was to have volunteers able to observe at least a large portion of the 1.5 million ballots.
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The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has been planning for a possible recount since election night. The GAB's website includes the messages it has sent to the many election clerks around the state to help them prepare for it. Those messages clear up some of the questions many of us have had about the process.

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